By Kristina Pydynowski – AccuWeather
Residents of the Philippines can breathe a sigh of relief but should not let their guard down since once-Super Typhoon Maysak is weakening yet remains on course to make landfall this weekend.
Maysak (locally known as Chedeng) was at its peak intensity when March transitioned to April with maximum sustained winds of 260 kph (160 mph), which is the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane.
Strong and disruptive wind shear has caused Maysak to weaken, a trend that will continue as the typhoon continues its journey toward the Philippines.
Maysak will either be a tropical storm or on the verge of becoming one when it makes landfall in northern Luzon Island early Sunday morning, local time (Saturday evening EDT).
The entire eastern beaches of the Philippines are already feeling the outer effects of Maysak, in the form of rough surf and a high rip current threat.
Dangerous surf will continue to build along the eastern coast of Luzon through the start to the weekend.